Tag Archive | dolls

All the World is a Stage: ABAA challenge

mixed media stage

Welcome to the International Stage

All the world is a stage, and overĀ  Rosie and Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure this month proves it! There are wonderful entries of stages and masks, take a look and be amazed!

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The International Troop

I have been collecting dolls for my entire life, these are few of the International dolls that I have collected. I thought that they made an interesting troupe of characters. I can’t wait to write a play or two and include these characters.

http://bigartadventure.blogspot.com/2009/10/and-your-next-challenge-is.html

old embossed letter box

The stage is an old letter box that I found at a thrift store. I decorated it with acrylic paints and metallic paints on the outside, adding a paper mask that was also painted. The inside is covered in artist’s paper and ribbon.

The actors are all International dolls, except for Ethel Merman, who is playing Carmen Miranda and the blushing fairy (perhaps Gypsy Rose Lee’s muse?).

The stage lights are old bulbs glued to bottle caps and covered in artist paper, in fact most of the dolls are stuck into bottle caps so that they could stand upright.

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The Thai dolls were actually pens, I removed the insides, the Indian man was an ornament; the Guatemalan family were ornaments; the Hmong lady is an ornament and is holding a Russian stacking doll family and an African lady; the Japanese couple are also ornaments.

This was a fun challenge, and I mean challenge to get the box just right and the actors to behave! Artists I tell you!

Enjoy what you do, what is the point if you don’t? Christen

Dolls of Distinction- fiber art cloth dolls

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to be a part of a special group of ladies that were involved in an Cloth-Art Doll group. The name of the organization was called “The Imitation of Life Construction Company”. We met once a month, shared our creations, ideas, friendship and time with each other.

These are a few of the dolls that I made during the time period when I belonged to the group, and that are included in my gallery section “Dolls of Distinction”. Many talented women were part of this Southern California group, that still has a yearly exhibit at the San Diego Quilt Show which is usually held in August.

Happy Stitching! Christen